Nollywood actresses and single mums, Tonto Dikeh and Mercy Aigbe, who survived the pain of domestic violence in their past marriages have taken to social media to advice parents about the dangers of raising kids in a violent environment.
Tonto, the 32-year-old mum of one, revealed she was a victim of domestic violence in her former marriage to Olakunle Churchill, and clearly noted that the worst kind of pain for any child isn’t a broken home but a violent environment. She wrote:
”The Worse kind of pain for a child isn’t a broken home, it is raising up a child in a violent environment..
99% chances are that a child who witnessess his parent take violence will become violent because that the only type of Life they Know!!!
There’s is nothing normal about a Man beating a Woman OR vice versa..
SAY NO TO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.. #WOMEN YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL AND YOU DESERVE BETTER.”
Mercy Aigbe, who also disclosed that she was a victim of domestic violence, advocated against the evil act:
”Can we take a minute to think of the effect this barbaric act has on the kids? A Child should not grow up in such unhealthy environment!
Children who are exposed to domestic violence experience emotional, mental, damage that can affect their developmental growth…… They go through depression, anxiety and severe emotional and physiological trauma!
Our Duty as parents is to make our children feel safe and loved and not to cause them untold pain that can damage their lives!
If you are in lagos and need help regarding been abused pls call Office of the Public Defender @opdlagos On Emergency ???? no 112 !
Since the crash of their marriages (read here), Dike and Aigbe have lent their voices to the fight against domestic violence.
A few months ago, they joined some celebrities in a #1in3Africa walk against domestic violence, to speak out against the menace. Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi, Annie Idibia and media personality, Toke Makinwa were also in attendance.
Motherhood In-Style supports and endorses this message. No child desrves to be raised in an unsafe environment. All children deserve peace, love and care in the home.
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